Magical Mermaid

Recently I've been inspired to do more punch art.  It's probably because of all the cute cards my downline Jodi of The Stampin' Owl has been sharing with me.  As I was designing swap cards for my recent trip to Thailand, I decided to see if I could come up with a punch art mermaid card.  

I'm usually a "three strikes and your out" kind of stamper.  This means that if I try working on something but after the third try if it doesn't come out, I give up and move on to something else.  For this particular card, I tried a couple of different combinations of punches and it just wasn't coming together.  I was just about to give up but I tried one final time and I'm so glad I persisted because this is what I came up with.

Mermaid Punch Art Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Mermaid Punch Art Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Isn't she sweet?  She reminds me of this little mermaid who comes to swim in our pool often.

Raymee the Mermaid

Raymee the Mermaid

Would you like to know what punches to use so you can make one of these cute punch art mermaids?

Mermaid Punch Art Pieces

Mermaid Punch Art Pieces

The tail was made with our new Pretty Label punch.  I took scissors and cut off the sides as shown in the chart above.  I used glue dots to attach the fins which were leaves from the lemon builder punch and then I placed the constructed tail into the Garden Trellis Embossing folder and ran it through the Big Shot to add texture.  

Since I was making this for a swap I punched several of the pieces I needed so that it made assembling a bunch of mermaids quick, simple and fun.

Building Mermaids

Building Mermaids

I drew faces on each mermaid using a journaling pen.  I gave them rosey cheeks by dipping a pencil eraser in pink pirouette ink.  It was really fun making these, every time I'd finish one of their faces I would smile!

Punch Art Mermaids

Punch Art Mermaids

To add the sequins to the shells I used a piercing tool and some liquid glue.  I just love how the little sequins sparkle and shine.

In our new catalog we have a stamp set that is called Magical Mermaid so that is where I got the sentiment for this card.  

I had a blast creating these cute and colorful swaps!  I hope that they brightened the day of each person who received one.  I hope that they loved them as much as I loved creating them.

Mermaid Kisses and Starfish Wishes,

Cindy

Garden of Gratitude

On Monday, I opened a new stamp set called Graceful Garden and decided to make a card for one of my doctors.  I was going to meet with her this week to get the results from my last surgery and I just wanted to do something for her to let her know how grateful I was for her and the excellent care she has given to me.  Somehow when I stamp with someone in mind the ideas seem to flow more easily than when I am just stamping for fun.  

Here is the card I created for her.

Graceful Garden Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Graceful Garden Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

This card features one of our new In Colors, Berry Burst.  I used card stock, ink pad and the gorgeous new crinkled seam binding all in this beautiful new In Color.  I textured the background  with a new Textured Impressions embossing folder called Garden Trellis.  For the greeting on the card I used the stamp set One Big Meaning.

After I made this card I decided it would be nice to make a whole set of cards to give not only to my surgeon but also to a couple of the other people at Queen's Hospital who I would be meeting with that day.  Just thinking of blessing these wonderful ladies with cards inspired me to create two other designs that would coordinate with this first card.  

 Here is the second and third card I came up with.

Graceful Garden Thank You Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Graceful Garden Thank You Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Graceful Garden Spotlight Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Graceful Garden Spotlight Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

I love how these cards are different but they all coordinate together.  I used the same two stamp sets on all three cards, Graceful Garden and One Big Meaning.  I really like how this set of Graceful Gratitude cards came out and I am really loving this new In Color Berry Burst!

I guess the reason why being thankful was on my mind is because this week although I was awaiting test results yet again, I was at peace.  I wasn't fearful about bad news.  I wasn't anxious about my potential travel plans.  I had confidence in God that no matter what the outcome He was in control and I could trust Him.   

When I got to my doctor's appointment, she came in and delivered some very good news.  Although during the second surgery they did find a little more cancer, the good news was they got it all.  Praise God no more surgeries were needed and I was officially on the road to recovery!  I know I still have a long road to travel  but I am excited to be moving forward to see all the lessons that God has for me as I continue to follow His plan for my life.

After this appointment ended I headed over to a meeting at Queens Hospital where I learned all about the Cancer Center and saw where I would be going for radiation treatments later in the summer.  I met the most wonderful people and had the opportunity to bless not only my doctor but a couple of other amazing women I met that day with these Graceful Garden Gratitude packets that I had made the night before.

Here is what the cards look like all together.

Graceful Garden Gratitude- www.stampedwithaloha.com

Graceful Garden Gratitude- www.stampedwithaloha.com

I made a matching envelope for each of these cards and then packaged them up in a clear bag so I would be ready to spread a little aloha that day!  

Here's a quick look at all cards with the coordinating envelopes I made.

Graceful Garden Thank You Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Graceful Garden Thank You Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Graceful Garden Spotlight Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Graceful Garden Spotlight Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Graceful Garden Thank You Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Graceful Garden Thank You Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Can you tell that my heart is overflowing with thanksgiving and gratitude?  I realize how incredibly fortunate I am for this good report.   

As I close todays post I am remembering something and it is making me smile.  As I was stamping these cards I was listening to a podcast from Elevation Church.  The particular episode that came on was by the worship pastor who was preaching about God calling us to enter His presence with a grateful heart.  The Pastor referenced one of my favorite passages.

Psalm 100

A psalm of thanksgiving.

1 Shout with joy to the Lord, all the earth!
2     Worship the Lord with gladness.
    Come before him, singing with joy.
3 Acknowledge that the Lord is God!
    He made us, and we are his.
    We are his people, the sheep of his pasture.
4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving;
    go into his courts with praise.
    Give thanks to him and praise his name.
5 For the Lord is good.
    His unfailing love continues forever,
    and his faithfulness continues to each generation.

I guess I didn't realize it until this very moment but the spirit of gratitude truly was surrounding me that day.   No wonder I walked into that appointment with so much peace in my heart.  

I hope to continue to learn to have an attitude of gratitude always knowing that even when things are difficult and challenging, I can learn to praise God and trust in His unfailing love.

Thank you so much to so many of you who have continued to bless me with cards, texts, flowers, kind words, "gentle" hugs, and especially PRAYERS!   You have made me feel incredibly loved and supported and your prayers are being answered!  

With a grateful heart, 

Cindy

 

 

 

 

 

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Card for a Queen

Greetings from my couch!  This is where I've been planted most of the week.  I've been feeling great, so great that resting has become a huge challenge because I'm ready to get up and GO!  I expected that after the second surgery I would be in a lot of pain but it hasn't been that bad.  I feel stronger every day and I know that is because so many people are praying for me.

Learning to rest - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Learning to rest - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Today my friend Cindy stopped by.  Cindy was actually sitting in her car in my driveway when she caught me sneaking outside to get the mail.  It was my first time outside this house all week and it felt great!  I appreciate Cindy coming over as she knew I was going a little stir crazy just resting on my couch and I was in need of some company!   Cindy had some cards she needed to make so having her stop by gave me the opportunity go into my stamp room and open up some of my new products for the first time.

Today I choose to work with the stamp set called Colorful Season.  I wanted to show it to Cindy because it has a cherry blossom stamp in it and years ago she was a Cherry Blossom Queen.  In fact, just a couple months ago she received the honor of being a judge at the 50th Anniversary Cherry Blossom Queen Pageant in San Francisco.  It was fun to create this card with Cindy sitting across the table from me.  It seems like with each stamp I would do she would gasp and say, "I LOVE THAT"!!!!.  It was the kind of "oohing and ahhhing" that demonstrators love to hear while they are demonstrating.  I knew that as soon as I was done making the card I would be giving it to Cindy because I could tell how much she loved it.

Colorful Season Cherry Blossom Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Colorful Season Cherry Blossom Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Here is the card I made for Cindy.   I featured one of our newest in colors, Powder Pink on both the card stock and ink pad.   I die cut flowers out of that same color from the Season Layers Thinlits. I also used a new Textured Impressions Embossing Folder called Garden Trellis for the background texture and I embellished the die cut flowers with pearls.  

This is a great stamp set because it has images that make it work for different occasions all year long.  So it is extremely versatile.  The thing I like best about this stamp set is the sentiments.  There were so many different ones to choose from such as "You Make Me Smile", "Thinking Of You", "Just Breathe" or the one I used on Cindy's card which says, "Life is a Beautiful Thing".  All of these sentiments are wonderful ways to express encouragement and I believe encouraging others is a very good thing to do.

I gave this above card to Cindy and then I made one more as a sample to keep.  On my sample I changed the sentiment and added Jewel rhinestones instead of pearls.

Colorful Season Cherry Blossom Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Colorful Season Cherry Blossom Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

For the sentiment on this card I choose another wonderful saying from this set.  It says, "May All Your Tomorrow's Be As Happy As Today".  I love it.  It reminds me of the value of being there for others when they are down and encouraging them.  Just like the way Cindy was there for me today.  

My situation hasn't changed.  I am still facing a lot of unknowns with my current health challenge.  I've been doing really well but there are times I struggle.  I know that there are those of you who are reading this today who are struggling too.  Some of you have contacted me and shared about some really difficult challenges that you are facing and my heart goes out to you.  When I think about what I am going through it pales in comparison to some of the difficulties many of you are facing right now.  My prayer for you is that you will turn to God and find peace, comfort and rest in His loving arms.    Here is a word of encouragement from the book of Matthew.

Then Jesus said, "Come to me all you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you.  Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  Matthew 11:28-29

I'm back on the couch resting again.  I'm learning my limits.  I'm learning to pay attention.  Those are things I wasn't very good at before.   I am learning the importance of taking better care of my self with an awareness that God wants to teach me about who He created me to be.  He wants me to know Him more and that will happen when I learn to rest and be still in His presence.  As I've rested, I've witnessed his faithfulness and blessings over and over again.  Even today, as he knew the desires of my heart and sent a beautiful Cherry Blossom Queen to brighten my day!

Cherry Blossom Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Cherry Blossom Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Of course those of you who know this Queen understand that taking her picture is nearly impossible!  Thankfully, she was gracious enough to allow me to take a photo of her with this card so now I can encourage you just as she encouraged me.

I hope and pray you will all have a peaceful, restful and happy weekend!
 

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